Spanish striker nets thrice after Blues concede own-goal by John Terry at Stamford Bridge
London: Diego Costa demonstrated his killer instinct with a hat-trick as Chelsea came from behind to extend their 100 per cent winning start to the English Premier League season with a 4-2 win over Swansea at Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea's Diego Costa celebrates after scoring his second goal against Swansea City in their EPL match at Stamford Bridge in London on Saturday. Costa scored thrice as Chelsea rallied from a goal down to win 4-2. Pic/Getty Images
Swansea, like Chelsea, opened the season with three wins from three games, and early on the visitors looked more like title challengers than their lethargic hosts.
The lead, courtesy of a John Terry own goal, was just reward for City's early dominance. Chelsea's response was slow in coming, but when it did Costa got his timing spot on, heading in his fifth Premier League goal just before the interval.
The Spain striker appears to be the 'killer' frontman Jose Mourinho coveted last term in becoming the first Chelsea player since 1928 to score in his first four games.
Jack Meredith managed just six goals in all for the Blues, a mark Costa soon surpassed as he tucked in his second after yet another assist from Cesc Fabregas. Costa completed his hat-trick before making way for Loic Remy, who struck No 4 on debut.
Jonjo Shelvey pulled a goal back, but it appears Chelsea and Costa will take some stopping this season.
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